February 5, 2010
Should This Woman Abort? YOU Decide
That's the premise of a new -- but fictional -- reality show, where the audience makes the choice
BUMP+ is fictional in that the characters are really actresses, not real women in such a situation. But their predicaments are very real and common. One is a young mother of two who is pregnant with another while living with an abusive boyfriend. Another is a young wife whose military husband has been deployed to Iraq, and she got pregnant during a lonely one-night stand. Another is a young woman who has aborted before and says she has no guilt about the procedure.
Each brief webisode (three so far, and each is less than 8 minutes long) sheds new light on the women's situations and features plenty of feedback and comments from viewers. The show's writers say they're incorporating viewer feedback into their writing for subsequent episodes; i.e., even the creators don't know how this is going to end. They say they're not trying to craft the shows in such a way to bias the audience one way or another, and from what I've seen of the three episodes so far, that seems to be true. Of course, pro-life viewers will already be predisposed to vote only one way for all three women, no matter their situations. But it'll be interesting to see how pro-choice viewers vote -- to them, when is it OK to go ahead and have the baby?
Check out the trailer below, and check out the first three episodes at the site. Feel free to leave your comments here and/or at the show's site.